Initially conceived of in 1987 as a way for an avid paintball player and his friends to acquire discounted merchandise, Lone Wolf Paintball swiftly evolved into a multi-location business throughout Michigan. One year after opening, Bristol Apple Orchard in Almont accommodated the budding business with its first playing field. These days, an indoor field allows for year-round paintball. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility encompasses a speedball field with artificial turf, which spectators can observe from viewing areas including a second-story observation deck. Referees ensure that each player competes safely.
A stress-shedding family-friendly sport for splatter soldiers of all types and stripes, paintball grants its combatants the perfect backdrop for one-on-one duels or group-oriented maneuvers. Spread out your tickets over six solo sessions, or round up five friends, coworkers, or NBA starters for a fast-paced adrenaline-fueled jaunt across unique indoor and outdoor terrains that can include pastoral fields and themed villages. Each trek arms guests with a battle mask and goggles, semiautomatic paintball marker, hopper and tanker, and orientation that lays out the rules, safety precautions, and the symbolism behind to Jackson Pollack’s early work.
At best, the thought of playing soccer on a crisp winter day in Michigan makes your teeth chatter. At worst, it's unfathomable. Luckily, Grand Blanc Soccerzone offers up a solution to sports fiends singing the Midwest wintertime blues: an indoor facility that keeps you sheltered from inclement weather year-round.
Players of all ages storm the turf pitch in pursuit of friendly competition, fundamentals, or some really cool turf stains. Teams join the competition as a unit, while independent players can sign up to form a squad with other solo soccer gurus. Besides a quality turf surface, the field is also walled in, providing the feel of a professional indoor soccer league. For those seeking to improve on-the-ball skills, instructors lead programs to perfect everything from dribbling and passing to goaltending and shooting.
Copperbeech Farm trots out friendly steeds for kids' riding lessons at a 32-acre equestrian estate. During riding lessons, groups of six to eight beginning riders aged 5–18 learn the fundamentals of riding and horse handling from two expert equestrians on indoor and outdoor tracks. More advanced Saddle Club sessions help experienced riders to build on basic skills in english riding style. In addition, summer camps for kids aged 5–18 combine horse training with craft projects, camp outs, and opportunities to organize other farm animals, including potbellied pigs, chickens, and ducks, into spontaneous performances of "Old MacDonald.
At Horse Senses, the sharp song of hooves against the ground mingles in the air with equestrian pointers from experienced trainers. During sessions, riders of all experience levels learn about the tack and its parts, and then bond with their horses through grooming, handling, and mutual love for salt. After gleaning basics of pacing in the indoor arena, which shelters riders from the elements, duos head to an outdoor training area or explore the sun-dappled sprawl of the facility's many wooded trails in warmer weather. While meandering the 32 acres of Copperbeech Farm, where Horse Senses is located, pupils build rapport with 1 of 15 well-mannered horses.
St. Lucifer's Asylum for the Mentally Insane was once a bustling, state-of-the-art psychiatric hospital that housed 12,000 patients and a staff of 700. Whether it was the frequent electroshock therapy sessions or the mysterious events that took place in the five miles of tunnels that ran beneath the facility, something quickly made things take a turn for the macabre. Stories made their way to the surrounding town about patients dying by the dozen, children waking up to find the mark of St. Lucifer on their skin, and retired nurses inflicting grotesque self-harm in department stores that have rules against that sort of thing. In 1974, the state closed the facility, but the horrors within didn't stop?especially in 13 Feet Under, the underground lab where the asylum's head physician conducted human experiments. The asylum's closing left patients trapped in the chamber, where they turned into mysterious creatures without faces or zombies forced to dine on the flesh of humans.
Throughout the Halloween season, St. Lucifer's Haunted Asylum and 13 Feet Under opens once more to let courageous visitors in to see the horrific scenes that were left behind. Participants walk carefully around darkened corners and through mysterious doorways, never sure of what they might encounter next. Those with a more proactive streak can fight off the undead themselves in Zombie Killers Black Ops Paintball, where they man one of eight turret-style paintball stations and put their target skills to the test.